01. October 2012
At this legendary six-day enduro race the best offroad skills were displayed by French riders, who outperformed the Australians and Italians. Of course, Akrapovič was also with the very best.
This time around, the offroad racers weren’t racing for their sponsoring teams, but together with their countrymen, representing their nations. The legendary International Six Days Enduro race is like a motosport Olympics, where the riders collect points not for the final result in the championship, but for their home countries. This is the oldest offroad event on the FIM calendar because it’s been taking place since 1913, interrupted only by the world wars.
After six days of racing (from 24 to 29 September) across German rock, soil, mud, and asphalt, the laurels went to France. How could it be otherwise with a lineup of star enduro racers like Antoine Méo (KTM), Rodrig Thain (HM Honda), Johnny Aubert (KTM), Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husaberg), Sébastien Guillaume (Gas Gas), and Christophe Nambotin (KTM)? The list includes two world champions (Méo and Nambotin) and four on bikes equipped with Akrapovič exhaust systems. Team France, congratulations!
The French were followed by the Australians, Italians, Americans, Finns, Spaniards, Swedes, British, Germans, Dutch, Czechs, and Austrians. Among the manufacturers, the most points were collected by Husaberg, followed by KTM and Yamaha.
The 2013 ISDE will be held on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Photo: Edmunds J. KTM Images